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Important Conference Information!
October 20, 2016
We want you to know that it is still possible for you to attend the conference. We welcome you. Please, however, no longer register by mail, fax, or email. Come to the conference and register on site.
CELEBRATE YOUR "AUTHENTICITY"!
New England Association of Teachers of English invites you to attend our 114th fall conference,
Celebrating Authentic Teaching and Learning
at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, Massachusetts
OCTOBER 21-22, 2016
NEATE's annual conference theme, Celebrating Authentic Teaching and Learning, will remind us why we became teachers and celebrate what we do. As educators, we aim to involve students in work that matters: work that not only captivates them, but inspires them to become lifelong learners. We engage students in work that embraces
choice and interest, has real purposes and audiences, and extends beyond the classroom or school walls. This year's conference will celebrate teachers as learners, and conference sessions will help teachers to continue engaging students in authentic learning experiences each and every day.
Headlining the conference will be two speakers who extend their passion for writing beyond the classroom walls. Friday's luncheon speaker, Rhina P. Espaillat, is a bilingual American poet and translator who has published thirteen books, comprising collections of poetry, essays, short stories and translations. She has collaborated with the founders of the Newburyport Literary Festival, and co-founded the Powow River Poets, a renowned local poetry society, as well as the Fresh Meadows Poets, a group in Queens, New York that has been active since 1986. As a writer, she emphasizes the importance of the relationship between the poet and the invisible reader, and the value of the poet’s knowledge of and attention to the craft that makes the art of poetry possible. As an experienced educator, she brings to her remarks a double perspective, blending teaching and writing.
Saturday's speaker will be Penny Kittle, a K-12 literacy coach who directs new-teacher mentoring for the North Conway, New Hampshire School District. In addition, she teaches writing at Conway’s Kennett High School and in the Summer Literacy Institutes at the University of New Hampshire. Penny is the author and coauthor of numerous books with Heinemann including Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers; Children Want to Write (coauthored with Thomas Newkirk); Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing, which won the 2009 James N. Britton Award from NCTE; The Greatest Catch, and Public Teaching. Penny coauthored two books with Donald H. Graves —Inside Writing and Quick Writes. Penny Kittle has been named the 2015 Exemplary Leader from the Conference on English Leadership for NCTE. In 2009, Penny received NCTE's prestigious Britton Award for Write Beside Them.